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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The winner's circle was an all too familiar sight for harness racing driver Gilles Barrieau on the second half of the P.E.I. Colt Stakes doubleheader program Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Barrieau trained and driven Red Dirt Boomer delivered in his $6,800 P.E.I. Colt Stakes three-year-old pacing colt assignment with a 1:57 victory for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Fellow Barrieau trained Sodwana Bay gave another victory to the Saint John, N.B., reinsman in her $3,620 Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series division presented by Standardbred Canada stopping the clock in 1:57.1. His other driving wins were catch assignments in overnight action with Ashes To Ashes winning in 1:57.4 from the Jackie Matheson stable, Forever Paradise scoring in 1:56.4 for trainer Kevin MacLean and Bank Of Dad winning in 1:56.4 for trainer Ambyr Campbell. Campbell has two wins from her stable on the program as Tobinator won in 1:57.3 with Ken Murphy aboard. In stakes action, Purple Poet (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) opened the card up in his $6,800 P.E.I. Colt Stakes colt split with a 1:57 victory. Notorious was a popular winner in another split in 1:58.1 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell while Saulsbrook Lassie won the final colt division in 1:57.2 for driver Adam Merner. Woodmere Oleksiak found her sixth win in-a-row in a $7,800 P.E.I. Colt Stakes three-year-old pacing filly for the combination of driver David Dowling, trainer Earl Watts and owners Hollis Newson, Windemere Farms, Debbie Denney and Ric McNutt. The other filly bouts went to Elm Grove Nellie (Dale Spence) and Cheeky Cherry (Clare MacDonald), both in identical 1:58.1 miles. Jordies Hope won her $3,620 Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series leg with a 1:55.3 win for driver Dowling and trainer Brian Ladner. The $2,900 preferred pace saw Kenny Arsenault cap off a driving triple with Lisburn in a smoldering 1:53.3 trip from his own stable. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Saturday was a night of harness racing domination for 'The Maritime Magic Man' and Rose Run Quest winning the feature was the crowning moment at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Gilles Barrieau had four winners on the 13-dash Saturday program at the Capital oval including a 1:54.3 open-length score aboard Rose Run Quest in the $2,900 preferred pace. Barrieau subbed in for regular driver and trainer Marc Campbell, who was racing in stakes action in Nova Scotia, and proceeded to control the race from the start and widen his advantage. Rose Run Quest laid down front end splits of 28.2, 57.3 and 1:26.1 before winning by four-and-three-quarter lengths over Best To Hurst (Driven by Walter Cheverie) and Woodmere Ideal Art (Norris Rogers). Blair Hansen of Charlottetown holds the ownership papers of the seven-year-old son of If I Can Dream. Barrieau's other wins came with Sodwana Bay in the $2,700 Fillies and Mares Open pace in 1:56.4, Dusty Lane Cortez in a six-length romp in 1:58.1 and Selkirk Echo in 2:02.1. Jason Hughes had a driving triple on the card winning with Dees Boy (2:00.2), JK Express (1:57.1) and Rockin Indy (1:57.1). For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Using first-over tactics to her full advantage, Collective Wisdom delivered as the heavy favourite in the Thursday evening harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Getting away fourth in the $2,300 featured pace, Collective Wisdom was moved first-over by driver Gilles Barrieau while moving to the half-mile marker. The Jackie Matheson trained pacer then engaged pacesetter Drivingthedragon N (Driven by Jason Hughes) and powered by in the final panel to win in 1:57.3. Miss Sangria (Corey MacPherson) took second-over cover to finish second while Dancers Pass (David Dowling) closed out in third place. Woodmere Farms of Marshfield own Collective Wisdom. Trainer Joe MacDonald had his stable firing on all cylinders on the Thursday card with two winners from his Cornwall stable both with MacPherson in the bike. Dreas Good Powow was a winner in 1:57.3 in the finale while Hurricane Hill won earlier on the card in 1:57.4. The Kenny Arsenault stable also had two winners with Akrotiri making a maiden breaking score in 2:03.1 and Back In The Game won in 2:00.1, both with Arsenault above the wheels. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Drivers Mark Bradley and Gilles Barrieau had profitable afternoons Sunday during a full harness racing stakes program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Prince County oval played host to 13-dashes with every race a division of the Callbeck stakes for two-year-olds or the Tyndal Semple Memorial for three-year-old trotters. Mile Hill Willie and Barrieau captured the quickest $5,700 Semple Memorial split winning in 1:59.1 for owner-trainer Paul Morrison of Cardigan. The other divisions went to Thelastonestanding (Driven by Brian MacPhee) in 2:00.2 and Dusty Lane Titan (Marc Campbell) in 2:01.4. Howmacrivercruiser was an easy winner in her $7,100 Callbeck stake for two-year-old pacing fillies with a 2:02.2 open length victory in line to Barrieau. Jackie Matheson trains the daughter of Articulator for owner Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. The other three divisions of the Callbeck for rookie fillies were all won by driver Mark Bradley for his driving triple. Bettorthanbobbi hit the wire first in the opening division in 1:58.2 then fellow Tom Weatherbie trained filly Smiling Dialing was an eight length victor in 1:59.1 in race 5. Bradley teamed up with trainer Stephen Quinn for his third win as Watch Me Dance had a maiden breaking score of 2:01 in her $7,100 Callbeck division. In rookie colt action, Tobins Rebel won his Callbeck stake for two-year-old pacers wiring the $6,900 division for trainer-driver Barrieau in 1:59.2 for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Mr Kelly was placed to first in his split with a corrected time of 1:59.2 for driver Adam Merner and trainer Melissa Rennie. Woodmere colts won the final two divisions with Woodmere Rollhario (Campbell) scoring in 2:01 for trainer Kevin MacLean and Woodmere Rollnpop delivering as a popular winner in 1:59 for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald. MacDonald trainee Mabou Ridge remains undefeated through three career starts after winning his $6,100 Callbeck division for two-year-old trotters in 2:06.2 for owner Arnold Rankin of Antigonish, N.S. Westview Star took his first lifetime mark in the other $6,100 division with a neck decision in 2:05.2 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Stephen Gass. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - E R Quinn had his Thursday night winning streak cut short last week and with an outside post this week's feature is wide open at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 11-dash Thursday evening harness racing program kicks off at 6:30 P.M. with the $2,400 top pace lining up in race 10. E R Quinn is shouldered with post 8 but retains the services of top Canadian percentage driver Gilles Barrieau for trainer Jeff Holmes and owner Orwell Bay Stable. Likely To Win has been known to go on Thursday night feature hot streaks and leaves from post 2 this week for driver Adam Merner, while race analyst Les MacIsaac is taking a slightly longer play. MacIsaac is siding with post 5 starter Zero Rate to score a mild upset in the competitive field for driver Kenny Arsenault and trainer Michael Gallant. "Zero Rate is a rallying threat and if there are some quick early fractions, which is possible, it could be right up his alley," MacIsaac said. "If he gets some live flow and a cover trip to bring him into it late his chances go way up." Also in the field is Midnight Matt (Driven by Jason Hughes), Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson), Harbourlite Jerry (Steven Shepherd), Rockin Indy (David Dowling) and Hes Marvalous (Myles Heffernan Sr.). The $2,400 Open trot lines up in race 7 with a newcomer ready to take on the defending champion. Freddie has been nothing short of dominant in this class for years but now Star Photo makes the trip East and will take his shot from post 3 for new trainer Kevin Gillis and driver Hughes. A winner in a seasonal best of 2:00 in his latest start at The Raceway at Western Fair District in Ontario, Star Photo will look to add to his $366,000 in career earnings Thursday evening. Freddie leaves from post 5 in the field of as many with Marc Campbell in the bike as the morning line favorite. For race programs and more go to www.Redshores.ca   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores.

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With a front end trip there was no stopping Euchred in the Saturday evening feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The $2,900 event saw Euchred and driver David Dowling stack their competition three-wide around the first turn and make Doctor Royal (Driven by Gilles Barrieau), riding a three-race win streak, duck into the three-hole. Euchred then ran the rest of the mile relatively uncontested through fractions of 28.1, 57.4 and 1:27.3 before closing out the mile in 1:57.1. Adkins Hanover (Corey MacPherson) drafted along for the deuce at the longest odds on the board while Revenant (Adam Merner) was third. Euchred paid $20.00 on the nose to win for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Sodwana Bay started off her 2019 season with ease as she ran the gauntlet on top to win the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open pace on the program for trainer-driver Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. The daughter of No Pan Intended stopped the clock in 1:57.2 over Innocent Kiss (Merner) and Nomatterwhen (Dale Spence). Marc Campbell had a training and driving double on the Saturday evening program to continue his lead in both categories at the capital oval. Glasgow Gracie was a 2:02.2 victor in race one for Campbell, while Eagle Jolt captured a $1,900 class in 1:59.2 later in the program from the Campbell stable. For race replays and more visit www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores        

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The East Coast has been nothing but kind to Doctor Royal and the pacer will look to keep his streak alive Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Dawn Ellis Abbott harness racing trainee rides a three-race win streak into the race 8 featured pace on the 9-dash Saturday program at the capital oval. First race post time is 6 P.M. Gilles Barrieau is back at the lines of Doctor Royal after teaming up to win the first two featured events of the season on P.E.I., combined with a top class win at the horse's home turf of Truro Raceway of Nova Scotia to give him three straight wins. Mick Dundee was closing the gap in last week's featured event and will get rail control for Saturday's $2,900 contest for trainer-driver Don MacNeill. Euchred was a force to be reckoned with in 2018 on the Invitational circuit and comes into the Saturday feature fresh off a 1:58.1 victory for new trainer-driver David Dowling. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will side with Doctor Royal getting to the wire first. "Doctor Royal has been assigned the outside post but that's the consequences of a three race win streak," MacIsaac said. "Until he shows he's vulnerable the road to the winners circle goes through him." Also in the field is Revenant (Driven by Adam Merner) and Adkins Hanover (Corey MacPherson). Sodwana Bay was nothing short of superb in 2018 and will make her seasonal debut in race 9 of the program in the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open Pace. The Barrieau trained and driven pacer is fresh off a 2:00.3 qualifier at her winter base of Exhibition Park Raceway in New Brunswick for owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wilshire. Other top entries include Innocent Kiss (Merner) and Prettyndangerous (Dowling).   May 20, 2019 Soccer Hanover Set To Kick Off 2019 Red Shores Summerside Season SUMMERSIDE, PE - The 2019 live harness racing season kicks off with a special Victoria Day program on Monday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 9-dash card kicks off the action at 1 P.M., with a tight knit group to contest the race 8 featured pace. The $2,600 event has Soccer Hanover the morning line favourite from post 2 with David Dowling receiving the catch driving call from owner-trainer Leith Waite of Summerside. The five-year-old son of Dragon Again has been no worse than second from a pair of seasonal outings including a 1:56.1 new lifetime best on opening day at Red Shores Charlottetown. Screen Test has rail control behind the starting gate with Corey MacPherson at the lines for trainer Stephen Gass. A newcomer to Island racing, Screen Test was a third place finisher to Soccer Hanover in his first start in Eastern Canada. Iron tough aged race horse Red Magician is listed as second choice in the morning line with Adam Merner back in the bike for trainer Melissa Rennie. Also in the field is Mando Fun (Driven by Dale Spence) and Confident Fella (Mike McGuigan). The afternoon finale will serve as the back-up class on opening day at the Prince County oval. Emperor is pegged as the one to beat in the $2,200 event going postward in race 9. MacPherson will be in the race bike for owner-trainer Ralph Sweet of O'Leary from post 6. Ultimatelyhandsome is the 3-1 second choice form post 4 with Merner in the bike for trainer Sifroi Melanson while Coasttocoastshark is another top entry from post 2 the combination of driver Ken Murphy and trainer Jeff Wallace. Catch all the action live at the track or at www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Doctor Royal kept his East Coast streak of perfection intact in the Saturday evening harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Gilles Barrieau was in the bike in the $2,900 preferred pace for owner-trainer Dawn Ellis Abbott of Truro, N.S., as the pacer was unchallenged at every station to lay down fractions of 27.3, 56.1, 1:25.4 and 1:56.2. Mick Dundee (Driven by Don MacNeill) finished third with Adkins Hanover (David Dowling) third. Leading driver Marc Campbell opened up the card with wins in the first three races. Unapologetically was a 2:00.4 victor for trainer Darryl MacLean of Winsloe in the opener, then Campbell reunited with his former stakes star pupil Elektra Express to win race 2 in 1:59.1 for trainer Jennifer Doyle of Earnescliffe. JKs Boy completed the hat-trick in race 3 with a 2:01.1 score with Campbell driving for Leith Waite of Summerside. The Melissa Rennie stable came to play on the program, taking the top prize in two races on the evening. Revenant (Adam Merner) won his $2,500 event in 1:57.1 for owner Kyla MacDonald of Stanhope, then Likely To Win (Merner) hit the wire first in 2:00 later in the card for owners Blenise Young of Long Point and Lester Campbell of Judique, N.S., along with co-owner Jeffrey Campbell of Calgary, Alta. The Leonard MacPhail Memorial pace went to Twice As Bright in 1:58.4 for as the first part of a Dowling driving triple. Elton Millar of Tyne Valley trains the nine-year-old son of Armbro Deuce. Dowling also had a pair of winners from his own stable on the Saturday card as Slide Guitar was a winner in 1:59.2 for owner Brittany Watts of Warren Grove, while Euchred was a popular winner in the finale stopping the clock in 1:58.1 for Nova Scotia owner Kayla Habicht Walker. Live racing continues Thursday evening at Red Shores Charlottetown with a 6:30 P.M. post time. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After putting away his only real challenge in the first quarter of the race last week, Doctor Royal is back on red soil Saturday night for the top harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash program gets underway at 6 P.M. with the $2,900 preferred pace hitting the trace in race 12. Doctor Royal will leave from the far outside in the seven horse field with Gilles Barrieau back in the bike for owner-trainer Dawn Ellis Abbott of Truro, N.S. Hes Marvalous (Driven by Myles Heffernan) stalked for the duration of the race last week to finish third and will leave from post 4 on Saturday. Mick Dundee has been installed as second choice in the morning line from post 3 for trainer-driver Don MacNeill of New Haven. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees the Saturday night contest as Doctor Royal's race to lose. "After a jogburger at Truro, Doctor Royal made his Island debut last week and nothing changed," MacIsaac said. "He's looking for his third straight tonight and other than the likely short price there's not much to dislike." Also in the field is Red Magician (Adam Merner), Winter Blast (Corey MacPherson), Confident Fella (Marc Campbell) and Adkins Hanover (David Dowling). One of the top pacers on the East coast in 2018, Euchred returns to racing action in the race 13 finale now under the care of trainer-driver Dowling. Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S., owns the seven-year-old son of Shadow Play who compiled an impressive season in 2018 including runner-up finishes in the $25,000 Governor's Plate Final and the $5,000 Cecil Ladner Memorial. Noplay made his East Coast debut a winning one last week and has drawn post 2 in race 10 of the program for a $1,700 pot. Ken Murphy is back in the seat behind the five-year-old son of Shadow Play for owner-trainer Allan Gregory of Charlottetown. Screen Test makes his debut in race 4 after shipping in from Western Canada for owners Kickin Horse Stable of York, and William Andrew of Calgary, Alta. Corey MacPherson will drive the Stephen Gass trainee at 8-1 odds in the $2,500 event. The Leonard MacPhail Memorial lines up in race 6 with Starcastic the top choice with Barrieau in the bike from post 5 for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Bobbi Jo Matheson and Billy MacKenzie. Harness driver Adam Merner will be special guest on Inside Track with Lee Drake Saturday at 5:35pm. Catch the action live at the track or tune into the worldwide broadcast at www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Front end tactics was all it took for IC True Grit to find the winner's circle in the Thursday evening featured pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Gilles Barrieau was in the driver's seat for the winning score in the $2,100 top event of the Thursday program. IC True Grit went to front as he took over from early pacesetter Rockin Indy (Driven by David Dowling) past the opening quarter of 28.1. Barrieau and his charge tripped the second fraction in 58 then proceeded to three-quarters in 1:28.1 before closing out the mile in a clock stopping 1:57.4 over a track rated with a one second variant. Rockin Indy was a closing second while third went to Likely To Win (Adam Merner). IC True Grit is trained by Jackie Matheson for owners Joey Gallant and Ingham Jenkins of Charlottetown, P.E.I. Frill Seeker used similar tactics to capture the $1,950 Open trot in a front end score of 2:03.3 for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault and owner Ebbsfleet Stable of Stratford, Ont. Professor Gordon (Jason Hughes) was second while Dusty Lane Jacob (Merner) completed the triactor. CL La Rousse put together a colossal shocker in race 5 of the program as she was placed to first and paid $245.20 for a $2 win ticket. Dowling was in the bike for the 2:02 mile for trainer Reg Ferguson of Charlottetown, P.E.I. Sports Highlights (Barrieau) hit the wire first but was set back to third for interference on Miss Sangria (Merner) in the stretch drive. Sailor Blue won her third straight race in trotting action on the program. Barrieau was in the bike for the 14-length romp in 2:03.2 for co-owner and trainer Cindy MacDonald and co-owner Yoss Martonovich of Montague, P.E.I. Hughes scored a pair of wins from his own stable as Sir Native stopped the clock in 2:02.1 in the finale and Perfect Raider was a 2:00.3 winner in race 6. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - IC True Grit was within inches of making the winner's circle in his latest pair of starts but will look to put it all together Thursday evening in the feature event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown. The Thursday program will be the last mid-week card at the capital oval as action shifts to strictly weekend racing starting next week. The 10-dash Thursday card has a 6:30 P.M. post time with the top class lining up in race 9 for a $2,100 purse. IC True Grit is installed as the morning line favourite from post 2 in the featured pace with Gilles Barrieau in the driver's seat for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Joey Gallant and Ingham Jenkins of Charlottetown, P.E.I. The son of No Pan Intended was second in his last two starts beaten less than a head in each start. One of the pacers that beat him will square off with him again this week as Jeb has post 5 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes riding a quartet of top two finishes into the event. Nogreatmischief has rail control for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie as the former Governor's Plate finalist looks for his first trip to the Red Shores Charlottetown winner's circle since May. Race analyst Les MacIsaac goes with IC True Grit to get the job done and hit the wire first. "IC True Grit has had a couple of bang up second place finishes at this level, his most recent out of the six hole," MacIsaac said. "With an improved post this time around he could be the one to knock off." Also in the field is Likely To Win (Driven by Adam Merner), Rockin Indy (David Dowling) and Stars Above (Mike McGuigan). Race 8 of the program has Killean Finale making her first East Coast start from post 6 in the field of as many. Ken Murphy drives the winner of $175,000 for trainer Clifford Murphy and owners Dr. Mary McNiven and Pacemaker Stable of Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I. The five-year-old daughter of Sportswriter last raced at Harrington Raceway in Delaware, U.S., in a conditioned class. Majian Tango headlines the race 7 Open trot for a $1,950 purse for trainer-driver Jim Ripley and owner Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S. The son of Tad The Stud has had three wins so far in his four-year-old campaign including a win in last start on Oct. 11, and was subsequently scratched last week due to travel restriction on the Confederation Bridge. Other top entries include Dusty Lane Jacob (Merner) and Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault). For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Mile Hill Willie continued his march towards his divisional Atlantic Triple Crown as he captured the Maritime Breeder’s final on the Saturday afternoon program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The $7,000 final for two-year-old trotters saw Little Miss Winnie (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) set the tempo but get chased down by Mile Hill Willie in the final quarter as he extended his win streak to six straight. Mile Hill Willie shook free for a five length victory in 2:04.1 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owner Paul Morrison of Cardigan, P.E.I. Second went to Oceanview Hal (Henry Smallwood) while Little Miss Winnie hung on for third. Buckaroo captured the three-year-old Maritime Breeder’s trot final for a $7,850 purse for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield, P.E.I. The son of Tad The Stud stopped the clock in 2:02.2 over West River Cindy (Ken MacDonald) and Daisy River (Paul Lanigan). Barrieau had three winners on the afternoon program as he clicked with Woodmere Finesse in the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace in a mile time of 1:56.4 over a track listed two-seconds off. Jeff Lilley trains Woodmere Finesse for owner Ed Maher of Lower Sackville, N.S. Barrieau’s other win came with Lincoln Seelster in a 2:00.4 victory for trainer Jackie Matheson of Stratford, P.E.I. Czar Seelster delivered as the post time favourite in the race 9 preferred pace getting the lion’s share of the $2,500 purse. Mike McGuigan supplied the winning steer in a mile time of 1:57.1 for trainer Todd Weatherbee and owner Tammy Johnston of Stratford. Three Truths (Arsenault) had his win streak cut short as he settled for second and Half Cut (Mark Bradley) was third. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - KD Overdrive continues his cross-border journey as he returns to Canada for the Thursday evening feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 11-dash card gets underway at 6:30 P.M. at the capital oval with KD Overdrive drawing post 1 in the race 10 featured event. The $2,200 class has Barrieau in the bike behind KD Overdrive for trainer Stephen Mason and owner Stephen Downey of Quispamsis, N.B. The five-year-old son of Camystic last raced in the United States at Bangor Raceway in Maine, where he has frequented for much of the season between racing in Atlantic Canada. Rockin Indy leaves from post 3 in the class with Corey MacPherson at the lines for Troy Murray of Clyde River, P.E.I., as the morning line favourite while Weekend Atnannies drops out of stakes competition to compete from post 4 this week for driver Mike McGuigan. Race analyst Les MacIsaac puts his faith in post 1 starter KD Overdrive to hit the wire first in his Canadian return. "KD Overdrive gets slightly easier opposition than he had in his last start here, rail control and is reunited with Gilles," MacIsaac said. "That combination makes him a potential sleeper." Also in the full field of eight is Harbourlite Jerry (Driven by Steven Shepherd), Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson), Jeb (Jason Hughes), Likely To Win (Adam Merner) and Cartoon Daddy (David Dowling). The $1,950 Open trot lines up in race 6 of the evening with Majian Tango favoured from the outside in the compact field of five. Jim Ripley trains and drives the son of Tad The Stud for owner Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S. The trotter is fresh off a win in 2:02.1 over a sloppy rain soaked track at Red Shores in his latest outing and was second to Freddie in the open class the start before. Other top entries include Dusty Lane Jacob (MacPherson) and Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault). For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - There was nothing standing in the way of Woodmere Finesse over a sloppy track in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Gilles Barrieau was in the bike for the winning trip in the $1,700 featured pace as she took control at the half-mile marker and widened her advantage at every station en route to a 1:57.1 romp by 10-lengths. One Hot Camshaft (Driven by Ken Murphy) was second followed by Drivingthedragon N (Jason Hughes). Jeff Lilley trains Woodmere Finesse for owner Edward Maher of Lower Sackville, N.S. Sports Highlights scored her third win in-a-row with a 2:04.3 victory on the off-track for driver Barrieau and trainer Todd Walsh of Charlottetown. The program featured a pair of $2,500 classes for two-year-old pacers. Westward Whim captured the $2,500 event for O'Brien eligible two-year-old pacing colts for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer John Clarey and owner Michael Clarey of Montague, P.E.I. The Devils Cut and driver David Dowling overpowered the field of $2,500 Lady Slipper eligible two-year-old pacing fillies with a 2:04.1 win. The daughter of Malicious is owned and trained by Chris MacKay of French River, P.E.I. Go to www.Redshores.ca for more information. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Woodmere Finesse takes on four foes for her new trainer in the top aged pace of the night Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 11-dash program with Woodmere Finesse drawing post 4 for the duo of driver Gilles Barrieau and trainer Jeff Lilley. The four-year-old daughter of Articulator takes on her rivals in race 7 of the evening for a $1,800 purse as she looks to add to the eight wins she has compiled on the season. Edward Maher of Lower Sackville, N.S, owns Woodmere Finesse, a winner in 1:56 over Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia this season. Woodmere Finesse turned heads as a two-year-old when she recorded a win in 1:57.4 without hopples, a record for free-legged rookies on the East Coast. West River Ambyr looks to have some saw in the Thursday evening outcome, as the five-year-old daughter of Brandon's Cowboy also drops out of the Open Mares ranks into post 2 for driver Steven Shepherd and trainer Harold Shepherd. The 18-time winner has a solid summary of 16-top-three finishes in 2018 from 23 starts. Race analyst Les MacIsaac puts Woodmere Finesse as his top selection. "Woodmere Finesse gets Gilles in the bike for this one and with him being on quite a roll lately she could be sitting on a big one," MacIsaac said. Other entries include Goodmorning Ky (Driven by Ken Murphy), Julep Hanover (Wade Myers) and Drivingthedragon N (Jason Hughes). Race 6 on the program is the CPKN Stanhope Workshop 2018 pace with a full field of eight pacing mares. Dusty Lane Zendaya gets top billing as the morning line choice but must overcome post 8 for driver Ron Gass, trainer Stephen Gass and owners Alexis Gass and the Estate Of Shelley Gass of Cornwall, P.E.I. Other top entries include CL La Rousse (David Dowling) and Can Art (Adam Merner). The program also features a pair of three-year-old overnight classes for non-winners of $3,000 lifetime that carry a special purse of $2,500 each in races 3 and 5. This weekend features the Atlantic Breeders Crown with the kick-off being the Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale at Crapaud Exhibition Grounds on Friday October 5th at 2pm. Saturday and Sunday afternoon will feature the best two and three year-old stakes stars in the region. Post times for both cards will be 12:30pm. For more information go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – Sodwana Bay’s rivals were no match for her Sunday afternoon in the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares series final, presented by Standardbred Canada, at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Under the command of Gilles Barrieau, Sodwana Bay settled mid pack at the start of the $15,517 final as the heavy post time favourite while Traces Of Purple (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) gained the early lead then released Drivingthedragon N (Jason Hughes) to the front. Traces Of Purple would retake the lead and that is when Barrieau pulled the trigger and launched his trainee to the lead at the 28.1 opening quarter and opened up for the duration of the mile. She tripped the half in 57, the three-quarters in 1:26.2 and trounced her competition in the lane by five lengths to stop the clock in 1:55.2. Traces Of Purple finished second over Collective Wisdom (Walter Cheverie). Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire, P.E.I., hold the ownership papers of Sodwana Bay. The Sunday afternoon card was action packed with stakes races featuring the Lady Slipper stakes for trotters and the Joe O’Brien Memorial for three-year-old pacing colts and the Lady Slipper stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. Barrieau had four wins on the program as he clicked with Bettim Jackie in a $12,000 Lady Slipper Gold division for sophomore pacing fillies in 1:56.1 for trainer Jeff Lilley of Milton, L Weather B in a $6,500 O’Brien grassroots division in 2:00 and Mile Hill Willie from his own stable in 2:05.2 in a Lady Slipper two-year-old trot stake for a $7,500 pot. Sock It Away remained perfect on the year with another victory to give him 15 straight trips to the winner’s circle. Marc Campbell was in the seat for trainer Kevin MacLean in the $10,000 O’Brien gold division in a time of 1:54.3. The other $10,000 O’Brien Gold split was won by JJ Powerball and trainer-driver Austin Sorrie of Montague, P.E.I., in 1:57.1. Royaltywestho claimed her $12,000 Lady Slipper Gold division for three-year-old pacing filles in a mile time of 1:56.2 for driver Cheverie and trainer Joe Baxter of Windsor, N.S. Dusty Lane Titan hit the wire first in his $7,500 Lady Slipper two-year-old trot stake in 2:03.1 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. The $8,000 Lady Slipper three-year-old trot divisions were won by West River Cindy (Ken MacDonald) in 2:00.4 and Buckaroo in 2:00.1 to give Campbell three wins as a driver and two wins as a trainer on the day. Form more information check out www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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